Black Rain

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Bantam Books, 1985 - Fiction - 300 pages
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]Black Rain is centered around the story of a young woman who was caught in the radioactive "black rain" that fell after the bombing of Hiroshima. lbuse bases his tale on real-life diaries and interviews with victims of the holocaust; the result is a book that is free from sentimentality yetmanages to reveal the magnitude of the human suffering caused by the atom bomb. The life of Yasuko, on whom the black rain fell, is changed forever by periodic bouts of radiation sickness and the suspicion that her future children, too, may be affected. lbuse tempers the horror of his subject with the gentle humor for which he is famous. His sensitivity to the complex web of emotions in a traditional community torn asunder by this historical event has made Black Rain one of the most acclaimed treatments of the Hiroshima story.

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User Review  - Janice - Goodreads

It is supposed to be a novel inspired by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. However it reads like, as the jacket states, a documentary novel. For me it lacked emotion. It seemed to just be stating facts ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anna Engel - Goodreads

I couldn't get into the story. I really wanted to, considering its subject matter. Maybe it was the translation; I'm not sure. In any case, I gave it 50 pages and a fair chance. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

The son of middle-class landowners, Ibuse grew up in the country, for which he always retained a special feeling. While a student majoring in French literature, he published his first story and has since won almost every literary prize in Japan. His work is known for its eloquent use of dialect, irony, historical settings, and dry, sometimes dark humor.

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